The organizers at Salbris came up with a very interesting museum, located right on the main site. Clearly they had a lot of support from Citroën SA, and their Conservatoire.
After introducing the important characters in the story of the 2CV, from the various design teams to the heads of production, the museum offered several collages of photos from inside and outside the factories.
To show the evolution of the model, they chose to display various collections of parts, many in “natural” condition, as you might imagine they were found in the back of someone’s garage. When it came to the motors, no question of a pile of greasy old blocks: each significant engine evolution had its own example, mounted on a proper engine stand.
A few cars were displayed in the context of their times, like this AZU for dairy delivery.
Pride of place in the centre of the museum was given to the most significant 2CVs in history: first, all three of the famous prototypes that were hidden at the Ferté Vidame and uncovered in 1995, still with their original patina; the replica prototype, built from one of the originals; the water-cooled Michelin protoype pickup; a restored first-year-of-production 1949 2CV Type A (of which I did not even know any had been unearthed); the last 2CV6 built in France, at Lavallois; and the final 2CV6 to leave the factory in Portugal, July 27, 1990. What a perfect selection.